These days we're waiting. Waiting for the day that we get to
celebrate the birth of our Savior. We're filling our days with reading
books, playing with the Christmas toys that only come out once a year,
decorating our tree (yes, our fake one thanks to our destructive little
boy), being crafty and counting down. Oh, and enjoying our sweet puppy before we leave him to visit family back east.
you can probably tell, we got our DSLR in the mail last week. We're
really enjoying using it and getting some decent pictures already - even
though we're just scratching the surface of this camera's potential.
Yes, the out of focus and in focus sections of each picture are
intentional. I know some people want faces to be in focus every single
picture, but sometimes other things are more important in a picture, in
I made our tree's star this year. Last year we
finally retired our lighted angel tree-topper. She was a hand-me-down
and I think someone dropped her, more than once. I found the directions
for the star here and I am so tickled with how it came out. I love it so much I might just make a tradition out of it.
Ilana made her first tree ornament in Sunday School - an angel. I love where she decided to put it on the tree.
we were visiting our friends in St. Louis we had a great playdate full
of crafts and cookie decorating. We made a miniature manger with a baby
Jesus and wrapped him in a cloth. Ilana loves to take care of her baby
Jesus, even though he is almost microscopic.
I'm thankful for these quiet days.
For good friends.
this area is finally starting to feel like home, especially at this
nostalgic time of the year when everyone seems to yearn for home.
For the anticipation and excitement in my kids eyes when I plug in the lights on the tree.
That Ilana is growing up to be the sweetest, most thoughtful little girl I know.
For a husband who offers to help by making a casserole when the tasks of an evening seem overwhelming to me.
For the Christmas music in my ears.